What we will learn today • We will learn about keeping safe when we are around fire outdoors. This could include campfire and fireworks.
We have already learned that: • Fire can be a good and useful tool, if used correctly • Fire can become deadly if we are not careful with it
How can an outdoor fire be useful? • Cook our food • Keep us warm • Fun to sit around and talk and sing
How can an outdoor fire be harmful? • Burn property and buildings • Burn forests and hurt animals
How can we be safer around campfires? • Make sure the fire is in a dirt pit, surrounded by rocks or in other designated areas • Make sure it is clear of leaves and trash that can burn and spread the fire • Never use gasoline or kerosene to start or rekindle the fire
How can we be safer around campfires? • Make sure the campfire is away from your tent or sleeping area • Only adults should start campfires • When you are done with your campfire, extinguish it by covering it with water, stir it, then put more water on it
When cooking over an open fire: • Only adults should cook over an open fire • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing that can accidentally touch the fire and ignite. • Make sure your sleeves are rolled up and your shirts are tucked in • Use long handled utensils or sticks when roasting hotdogs or marshmallows - only under adult supervision • Don’t throw anything in the fire - don’t poke it with sticks
Make sure your tents and sleeping bags are made of flame retardant material. Look for the “flame retardant” tag on these items. • Never use candles or any other open flames, including camp stoves, in or around tents. • Use battery operated flashlights or lanterns in and around your tents. • Place your tent upwind and a safe distance from open fires • When you go camping -
There are no safe fireworks • Fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns and other injuries • Most fireworks are not legal in Michigan • If you use legal fireworks, like sparklers, do so only under adult supervision • Fireworks are a common site in campgrounds
REMEMBER - outdoor fires are useful and safe if proper measures are taken to keep them safe.